The following course maps are from 2011-2012. The Williams Route 66 Marathon finish line will move the The Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District beginning in 2013. We expect most of the courses to remain the same with only the start and finish lines moving. New course maps will be available in the second quarter of 2013.
Marathon USATF Course Certification OK-09071-DG
Half Marathon USATF Course Certification OK-11061-DG
5K USATF Course Certification OK-11065-DG
The Williams Route 66 Half Marathon course (OK-11061-DG) is not eligible for USATF records due to the fact that the elevation loss from the start (221m) to the finish (196m) is more than 1 meter per kilometer.
|Marathon and Half Marathon Course Map||5K and Fun Run Course Map|
|Veteran’s Park Saturday Races||Veteran’s Park Sunday Races|
|Sunday Races – Downtown Start||Hotel Shuttles – Sunday|
|Marathon Relay Shuttles||Road Closure Map – Sunday|
The Williams Route 66 Marathon, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, will feature new courses this year. The changes were necessary to accommodate the increased participation in the races and the change to a two-day format.
“We spent a great deal of time looking at several options to increase the capacity of our courses to accommodate our rapid growth not only in 2011 but into the future.” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. “We were able to design excellent courses that met all of our objectives.”
The objectives for the changes to the courses were a direct result of the participant surveys after the 2010 Williams Route 66 Marathon and included:
- Start in downtown Tulsa to eliminate the need for pre-race hotel shuttles making it easier for the participants to get to the start of the races.
- Increase the capacity of the courses to accommodate 20,000 participants by 2013.
- Ensure the marathon and half marathon courses follow the same route until the end of the half marathon course.
- Both the marathon and half marathon courses will make a return to Brookside 7.25 miles in to the race.
The Brookside Entertainment District is a stretch of local restaurants, retailers, bars and venues located between 32nd and 41st Streets on Peoria Ave. Centered on Brookside is the Cosmo Cafe and Bar, Leon’s Sports Bar and many unique shops.
“Brookside is very excited about having the Route 66 Marathon back in our entertainment district,” said Janine Morales, president of the Brookside Business Association. “This is good for Brookside and good for the city of Tulsa. We need those sales dollars for Tulsa.”
The marathon course also features a tour of the University of Tulsa campus, a private, premier institution originally known as Henry Kendall College founded in 1894 and moved to Tulsa in 1907. Today, TU has more than 4,000 students and is ranked 75th among national doctoral universities in U. S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges.
“The University of Tulsa has undergone major transformations and renovations over the past few years – the most recent being the addition of the Lorton Performance Center – and we’re excited to show off our beautiful campus,” said Terry Hossack, associate vice president, The University of Tulsa. “We appreciate the organizers for including us on the course and look forward to helping encourage the athletes to the finish line.”
Many of the popular course sections from previous years remain, including Cherry Street, Cascia Hall, Swan Lake, Woodward Park, Riverside Drive and of course, the Center of the Universe Detour.
“We are proud to once again be part of the Will iams Route 66 Marathon and showcase our unique district to thousands of out-of-town visitors,” said Mary Ellen Slape, owner of the Hunt Club and secretary of the Brady Arts District Business Association.. “We’re also proud to be home to the Center of the Universe Detour, which like many of the unique businesses in the Brady Arts District can only be experienced here.”
Entertainment and spectators will continue to line the course keeping participants encouraged as they journey toward the finish line.